Council Meeting Minutes
November 12, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was held at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue. The following people were present:

Richard J. Tonini

Councilmember Bernie Bowling                                                         Councilmember Stuart Monohan
Councilmember Cathi Clark                                                               Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn – absent                                                 Councilmember Amy Olson – absent
Councilmember Tim Holland                                                             Councilmember Tony Weiter

John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Barry Wilkerson – Chief of St. Matthews Police Department
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer

Gary Major – Resident
Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews
Kate Leitner – St. Matthews/Eline Library


The Pledge of Allegiance was accomplished followed by the roll call vote of attendance.


A motion was made by Councilmember Nay to approve to the minutes from the October 22, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Clark.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried.


Josh Suiter provided a synopsis of Chamber events past and present. Halloween in Brown Park was moved to Walden School when inclement weather conditions and safety concerns mandated a change of location. The principal and staff at Walden went above and beyond to host the event including sponsoring bouncy houses for the young children. Even with less than ideal weather and a last-minute change of location, approximately 2,500 children attended the event. Mayor Tonini commented how smooth the event ran and expressed his appreciation for the leadership at Walden School for offering their building for the community event. Mr. Suiter went on to announce the date of Light-Up St. Matthews is Saturday, December 7 starting at 4:00 p.m. The event culminates at 6:00 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

Kate Leitner, Manager of the St. Matthews/Eline Library reviewed special events that will be held at the branch. There will be a special book sale on November 15-16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. the Actors Theatre Book Club will meet. On November 20 at 6:30 there will be a program on cemeteries in St. Matthews. Then on December 3 the Louisville Ballet will have a ballerina read “The Nutcracker” as in years past. Councilmember Weiter asked Ms. Leitner for a comparison of numbers of current library users to the library users in the last months to before the expansion. Ms. Leitner said she would provide those numbers at the next meeting.

Gary Major, resident, expressed concern that an adult was operating a riding lawnmower on streets with a toddler on each knee. Councilmember Nay reminded him to call 893-9000 to report such events.



No discussion took place due to the topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-06                               MAINTENANCE STANDARDS and        JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                           NUISANCE ORDINANCE – 2nd Reading

Mr. Singler read by summary Ordinance 19-06 which repeals and replaces Chapter 94 addressing property maintenance standards. The ordinance provides a public purpose statement and includes an extensive definition section. Councilmember Holland inquired if this ordinance addresses when neighbors allow growth over top a fence and it flows into the next-door neighbor’s yard. Mr. Singler replied affirmatively. He went on to say this ordinance is a tool kit to address various situations. Mayor Tonini expressed a desire to form a Code Enforcement Board which has the power to turn a fine into a lien. Councilmember Monohan made a motion to accept this as 2nd reading and recommend passage of Ordinance 19-06. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowling.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (6-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, and Nay. No Votes: None.


No discussion took place due to topic being tabled other than in public comments.

ORDINANCE 19-13                               PEDESTRIAN & TRAFFIC SAFETY       JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                           2nd Reading

Mr. Singler read by summary Ordinance 19-13 addressing pedestrian and traffic safety regulations being considered. After reviewing many such ordinances from other cities across the state and nation, it is the assessment of Mr. Singler that the ordinance recently passed by Louisville Metro is superior. St. Matthews Ordinance 19-13 is similar and can be a good tool. Councilmember Nay requested that the north and south designations of Hubbards Lane be removed to make it all of Hubbards Lane. She asked that Thierman Lane, Washburn Avenue, and Massie Avenue also be included. Mayor Tonini asked that the exit ramps from the Watterson Expressway be added as well as Ten Pin Lane. The city right-of-way is 200 feet from the center of the road which allows the police officers to have jurisdiction in enforcement. Mr. Gary Major, resident, inquired how this will affect Crusade for Children. Mr. Singler pointed out that non-profit groups are covered in Section 2, (d)(5) and they must wear vests, have cones, have permits, and include safety devices. Councilmember Nay made a motion to accept this as 2nd reading and for passage of Ordinance 19-13 as amended. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Bowing and Weiter.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (6-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, and Nay. No Votes: None.


No discussion took place due to topic being tabled.



Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $417,934.80 The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Nay and Weiter.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (6-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, and Nay. No Votes: None.


· Councilmember Bowling deferred to Chief Barry Wilkerson to give an update on the police department. Chief Wilkerson expressed condolences to Major Eddie Jones, Jr. for the recent passing of his father, retired Chief Eddie Jones, Sr. after a battle with cancer. Sgt. Eddie Parsons recently graduated from the Southern Leadership Police Institute. Thieves were arrested for breaking into Waggoner High School. Thieves were also arrested in a local parking lot who were part of a nationwide hunt. Detective Richardson is to be commended for his work on these arrests. Boxes for toys will be placed at the east and west entrances of City Hall for Toys for Tots. The annual Police Awards Banquet will be held January 25, 2020.


Mr. Singler had no additional comments at that time.


Mayor Tonini relayed the state is hosting a community meeting on November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at Westport Middle School to hear citizen ideas on how to improve traffic on Westport Road. Additionally, a neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m. at JCC regarding the old Texas Roadhouse property on Dutchmans Lane. Notice was received that the proposed development on Massie Avenue is being modified so it will require additional review by the members of the St. Matthews Council sometime in the near future. The annual Jefferson County League of Cities meeting will be held November 21, 2019.

Mayor Tonini also noted that the 2nd meeting in December of 2019 falls on Christmas Eve. Councilmember Bowling made a motion to cancel the 2nd meeting in December that is scheduled to be held on December 24, 2019. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried.

Mayor Tonini further mentioned that the concession stand at Community Park has received a much-needed new heating and air-conditioning unit. The aged unit at the old city hall had to be replaced. The work on Primrose is moving along. The driveway aprons are complete, and the sidewalk work has begun. Also, at the last meeting a resident complained about work that had been done on Kentucky Avenue. Major Jones investigated the complaint and found no intentional fraud, or theft from the city occurred. However, an employee was counseled for his judgement.

Councilmembers Monohan and Nay inquired about the leaf pick-up schedule. Susan Clark, City Clerk will have Kenan Stratman, Public Works Supervisor, provide the schedule.


Councilmember Monohan made a motion to suspend the regular meeting and move into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the regular meeting was suspended at 8:01 p.m.


Councilmember Nay made a motion at 8:02 p.m. to convene into Executive Session. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Clark.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried.

Councilmember Monohan made a motion at 8:15 p.m. to adjourn from Executive Session and reconvene into regular session. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the Executive Session concluded at 8:15 p.m. At that time, the members reconvened into regular session. It was noted no decisions or votes were taken during Executive Session.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Clark.
Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

NOVEMBER 12, 2019      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
AD Plus   Admin. – Shirts $183.80
Anderson’s Sales and Service   Works – Supplies $862.09
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,099.53
Chapman Heating & Cooling   Works – Rental Prop. Unit $8,846.79
Coco Cola   City Hall – Drinks for Machine $480.00
Covert Equipment Group   Police – Communication Device $1,110.00
Delta Dental   All – Dental Insurance $4,959.48
Fitzsimmons   Works – Tarps $1,590.00
Gall’s   Police – Uniform Parts $200.21
Goodyear   Police – Vehicle Repair $946.12
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Short/Long/Life Insurance $80,350.57
HDR Engineering   Works – Mis. Engineering Projects $905.03
HDS White Cap Supply   Works – Supplies $357.83
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $118.34
Jefferson County League of Cities   Admin. – Annual Meeting $396.00
Jefferson County PVA   Admin. – PVA Assesments $50,000.00
KEMI   All – Workers Comp Insurance $14,791.62
Kiesler’s Police Supply   Police – Supplies $199.90
Lacal Equipment, Inc.   Works – Sheet Metal and Hose $1,329.60
Leonard Brush & Company   Works/Comm. Center – Supplies $772.33
Lewis Seed Company   Works – Fertilizer $120.00
Lexus Nexus   Police – Investigative Tool $122.00
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Electric/Street Lights $31,089.56
Louisville Water   Works – Water $289.25
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $651.45
Lynn Imaging   Works – Primrose Improvements $662.00
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00
Midwest Sprinkler Corp.   Comm. Center – Repair $347.50
Miller Company   Admin./Police – Copy Machine Charge $132.95
Mirazon   City Hall – Computer Contract $2,782.00
Nancy Stearman, CPA   Admin. – CPA Consultant $14,380.00
Northern Safety & Industrial   Works – Eye Protection $100.28
Nugent Sand Company   Works – Stone $1,517.88
Office Depot   Works/Police – Office Supplies $93.59
Oxmoor Ford   Police – Part $39.39
Quality Inn   Police – Training Expense $228.80
Raatz Fence Company   Works – Fence Repair $500.00
RCS Communications   Police – Radio’s and Radio Repairs $291.00
Rogers Group, Inc.   Works – Fill Dirt $570.65
Rumpke   Brown/Warwick Parks – Garbage/Portalets $93,068.80
Saf-Ti-Co   Works – Signs $12,518.06
Security Pro’s   Works – City Hall Monitoring $1,161.89
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fee $3,827.00
Sirchie Finger Printing Company   Police – Evidence Envelopes $184.73
Stephen Printing Company   Admin. – Printing $332.50
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $245.79
Total Truck Parts   Works – Supplies $104.64
TransUnion Risk   Works – Investigative Tool $362.50
Voiance   Police – Interprative Need $4.13
Welders Supply Company   Works – Compressed Air $28.58
Wex Bank   All – Fuel for Vehicles $13,182.51
Willis Klein   Works – Supplies $6.78
Library City Hall      
Louisville Lumber   Library/City Hall – $19,698.50
Valcom Enterprises, Inc.   Library/City Hall – $49,654.85
Reimbursements and Payments      
Kaufman, Wayne   Police – K9 Expenses $96.49
Shack in the Back   Police – Hight Retirement Party $251.46
St. Matthews FOP   Police – Plaque for K. Hight $40.00
Wilkerson, Barry   Police – Reimbursement for Hight $75.08
Wilkerson, Barry ( Forfeiture Account)   Police – Reimbursement for Weight Bar $200.00
TOTAL     $417,934.80